The National Gallery’s Archive is Online

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The National Gallery’s Archive
The National Gallery’s Archive in London holds a wealth of information about the Gallery both past and present, and is delighted to announce that the archive’s catalogue is now available to search through their website.

Anyone can search the catalogue and request an appointment to visit the archive to view the physical documents.

What you might find

With records dating back to 1824, the Archive has an array of material covering everything from the travel notebooks of the Gallery’s first Director, Sir Charles Eastlake, to details about contemporary art exhibitions.

Highlights include records that relate to:

  • Daily life at the Gallery in Victorian Britain (NGA2/3/2/13)
  • Correspondence from Charles Dickens (NGA1/22/267)
  • Vigorous debates on the Gallery opening on Sundays in 1896 (NG7/198/1)
  • The arrival of technology at the Gallery when a phone line to Old Scotland Yard was installed in 1898 (NG17/6)
  • Details about acquiring Degas’ paintings from Paris whilst it was under German bombardment during the First World War (NG14/25/1)
  • A complete visual record of the evacuation of the paintings to Wales during the Second World War (NG30/1941/8)
  • The public appeal to secure Titian’s ‘Death of Actaeon’ for the nation in 1971-2 (NG69/1)